Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Card

    Christmas is coming and I decided to make a Christmas card. Here is the card I made. How have I made this? It's very simple.
I had a thick, white paper and I cut the piece for future card.
Then I took a napkin and separated the top layer with a pattern, 2 remaining layers I did not need. I chose a part of the picture that I wanted for a Christmas card and cut it off (it was a picture with bells and cones)

I put a layer of packaging film on the white paper piece and  I put the selected pattern on top.
Then the important moment came. It was necessary to carefully iron the picture to film and paper with a hot iron.

 When a pattern tightly connected with the paper, I took scissors and cut unwanted edges off card size. I folded in half my handmade card. 

           I used the other pictures from my napkin and made three Christmas cards.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Weather Is Changing

     Weather is changing and it is not clear, for better or for worse.
     The snow fell a week ago, everything was white and fresh.
     And now it has melted, because the day temperature rose to +7 C.
      Waxwings flew away to look for fresh berries in other gardens. Blackbirds flew in to replace  them.
     But suddenly last night was clod, and in the morning I saw that the puddles were frozen.
     These days the plants are wet from the rain during the day, then water freezes at night and the plants get frozen too.
      When I was going to my garden I saw an awesome scene on my way.
      The trees were near the just frozen water. Their reflections were not clear.
      The rays of cold sun fell on thin ice blurring on its surface.
      What happened to the climate? Is it a global warming or a global cold spell?
      A new snow has not fallen so far.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winter Is Near

Golden and red trees nod to the soft breeze,
As it whispers, "Winter is near;"
And the brown nuts fall at the wind's loud call,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Good-by, sweet flowers! Through bright Summer hours
You have filled our hearts with cheer
We shall miss you so, and yet you must go,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Now the days grow cold, as the year grows old,
And the meadows are brown and sere;
Brave robin redbreast has gone from his nest,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Poem by

Ellen Robena Field, 
USA, 1894

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Frozen Necklace

            Water drops have become frozen after the recent rain and light frost.
They have not fallen on the ground; they hang on the spider webs, on the ends of pines and spruce needles, on grass.

Those on the spider web didn’t tear it; the web was strong enough to withstand the shiny necklaces.

My thujas and pines were covered with frozen raindrops and did not suffer frost and ice.

I looked at my roses covered from rain, ice and frost, and was happy. I hope they will winter well.

Aronia berries were frozen too. The birds pecked them yesterday. If the weather is warmer the birds will eat Aronia again. 

I have noticed near the gazebo an insect. It was frozen but moved his leg, maybe it survives.

Some Spirea bushes grow near the garden fence; many frozen drops on flowers sparkle looked like little lights.

The bittersweet berries with seeds were ready to fall into the soil. Their color will slowly fade throughout the winter, I liked this colorful contrast to gray sky and clouds.

In the evening when I was leaving spirea looked clearly and graphically against the darkening sky.